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Wabash River Picnic Area

The Wabash River park within Harmonie State Park is one of the nicest spots to enjoy the Wabash. It has a short trail along the river’s steep bank and the sunsets, often spectacularly, at a bend downriver. There are several picnic tables and a nice modern playground. Continue reading

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Wabash River

The Wabash River starts at Grand Lake in western Ohio and flows 475 miles to where it flows into the Ohio in Posey County. It was first discovered by Europeans in 1669 by the famous French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle while he was exploring the Ohio River.

The name comes from the French spelling of the Indian word “Ouabache,” which means “white.” Back then, the river was clear with many white fossils visible on the bottom.
In the early 1800’s, the Wabash was an important artery for trade with flatboats and steamers transporting goods and passengers. That’s why New Harmony was so prominent at the time. Continue reading

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The Old Dam

The Old Dam is a group of natural rock formations rising from the bed of the Wabash River near New Harmony.

When the Wabash is low in Summer, the rocks emerge forming a series of rapids, pools, and waterfalls, it becomes one of the best swimming holes east of the Mississippi. The rapids make for a great kayaking experience. Many people like to canoe or float down to the Old Dam from New Harmony in inter tubes on warm summer days. The Old Dam is one of the best fishing sites in the tri-state. People regularly catch catfish upwards of 25 pounds. Continue reading

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